All the activities mentioned here are growing in popularity. They are actually just a sampling of the many activities available to dog owners. Flyball, water rescue tests, and cart pulling are just a few of many more. All this reflects the growing interest people have in doing things with their dogs. The AKC has responded to these new demands by adding several activities that evaluate how dogs perform, rather than just how they look. These changes also reflect a growing appreciation for a dog's intelligence and respect for his abilities.
If you aren't interested in pursuing any of these activities with your dog, please remember his need for mental stimulation. Include him in family activities as much as possible. Take him places with you, on errands or to the kids' soccer games. Try taking your dog with you when you travel. The inconveniences involved will be compensated for by the interesting experiences you will have.
What you get out of your relationship with your dog is proportional to what you put into it. Anything you do to spend quality time with your dog will improve your relationship, but facing new challenges and learning together will give your relationship a unique depth. The rewards are worth it.
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